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11-18-2012, 07:59 AM   #1036
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Sorry too go off topic, but I also find the HSM ii a great lens..

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11-18-2012, 10:22 AM   #1037
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Awesome.
So your standard event shooting setup is Silver body with DA* 300, Black body with Sigma 70-200, plus monopod on one?
Yes and K-01 with 31mm on it.

QuoteOriginally posted by Grinvich Quote
I looked photo on the all 69 pages from this long thread.
and I see that best shots were made by FA* 85, DA* 300 and sometimes by DA* 50-135, DA* 60-250. But I guess last 2 lenses just are slow for sports.
Well the *lenses are great. The 50-135mm is way to slow (as is DA*200mm) and probably no a lot of people have the DA*60-250, I used it for a while and It is great.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Grinvich Quote
I looked photo on the all 69 pages from this long thread.
and I see that best shots were made by FA* 85, DA* 300 and sometimes by DA* 50-135, DA* 60-250. But I guess last 2 lenses just are slow for sports.

regards to Sigma 70-200 I not like shots from it

so, all pentaxians will wait zoom lenses with high speed AF and high IQ images for quick actions like sport.
I'm using the FA*85 and F*300/4.5 for similar reasons. I'm also using the FA*135 with good success. I had the DA*200 for a short time, and while it had nice image quality, it's one major shortcoming was the AF was too slow for fast action. I think the DA*300 would work well for me too, but according to Ron Hendricks the AF on my lens is even a little faster (although it lacks WR and is 1/3 stop slower). I still have the DA*50-135 with its excellent IQ, but the AF is much slower than the FA*135. But all these lenses produce images I like.

And I've seen many fine images here taken with the Sigma 70-200 lenses. But I too share your personal preference - in the end, there's something about images from the Sigma (and in fact, from most Sigma glass) that I just don't like as much. So even though it has fast AF and many satisfied owners, I don't think I'd be happy with it in the end.


On a related note, I've often wondered if the FA77 would have fast AF for sports too. It's so compact it seems like it would. But since I sold mine to get the FA*85, I have no way of comparing now. Does anyone here have a good idea of how well the FA77 (or even the DA70) is suited for action photography?
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The DA70 is extremely fast for action and the lens renders images that is really well suited for sports. I need a zoom though and the DA60-250 is no go as extruding zoom is really tough to use when shooting hockey through the glass.

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I've often wondered if the FA77 would have fast AF for sports too
I have attempted to use it for basketball once. In the lighting conditions, and considering I was shooting with a k-7, it fared well. The light in the stadium was about 1-3EV and the 70-200 2.8 just wasn't cutting it. Eg ISO 1600, F2.8 only got 1/20-1/80 shutter.
The AF on the 77 was bearable, but not something I would like to use continuously. I had positioned myself at side court so they were going past me not toward/away from me, which reduced the AF speed limitations a bit also.
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Interesting responses on the DA70 and FA77 - thanks. Has anyone compared the two? Does the DA70 actually outperform the FA77's AF?

Since I've only had the FA77, and wasn't using it for sports, I'm really curious. I'm happy with the FA*85, but either one could be a smaller, more affordable alternative. It's difficult to recommend that everyone go find an FA*85, but those lenses are readily available.

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High School Sports Shots

Haven't posted for quite a while, but I have been shooting sports. Here are a few shots, all taken with the Sigma 70-200.











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One of my friend taking advantage of dry trails before the snow flies.
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One of my friend taking advantage of dry trails before the snow flies.
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Nice one, Matt!
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Tennis shot

Another shot from high school sports, K-5 and Sigma 70-200.

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Nice one, Matt!
Thanks! We had this perfect moment of side light and I made him take a pass for the shot.
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Great photos in this thread! Sorry I haven't looked at the whole thread (70 pages!) but I was wondering - is the DA300 f4 a better lens for photographing moving targets because of the SDM? Compared to the DA55-300 for example? I found it frustrating when trying to photograph planes at an airshow with AF-C because the lens couldn't readjust fast enough to track the aircraft.
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is the DA300 f4 a better lens for photographing moving targets because of the SDM? Compared to the DA55-300 for example?
Yes. I have both lenses and the SDM does make a difference to responsiveness and general AF performance (shooting wildlife, not sport, but the challenges are similar). (Caveat: I rarely use AF-C though). AF-C improvements are supposed to be one of the K-5 II's new features. It will be interesting to see how K-5 II AF-C works compared to the K-5, with a lens like the DA*300.

Aside from AF performance, the main difference (for me) between the two lenses is simply the sharpness of the DA* 300. I like the 55-300 a lot, but often when I shoot something with the DA 300 it looks so crisp you might think I overdid the sharpening in post, when in fact I applied no sharpening at all. The 55-300 never gave me that sort of feeling.

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Yes. I have both lenses and the SDM does make a difference to responsiveness and focus performance (shooting wildlife, not sport, but the challenges are similar).
Good to know, thanks!

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However the main difference (for me) between the two is simply the sharpness of the DA* 300. I like the 55-300 a lot, but often when I shoot something with the DA 300 it just looks like I overdid the sharpening in post, when in fact I applied no sharpening at all. The 55-300 never gave me that sort of feeling.
I'd like to have that problem!
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Hey guys.....I don't contribute here much at all.....but really appreciate regularly reading through the posts in this thread.

I went out today with the new K-5 iiS and the DA300 and was quite happy with the results. The thing that struck me was that the focus acquisition time seemed snappier than with my K-5 and as a result seemed to get a LOT more in focus shots with the 300mm........OR maybe I was just having a good day.





BTW...this guy was body boarding Rockpiles.....where the waves literally break on a rock outcropping. Gnarly.

Here's one I converted to B&W.


Thanks for looking.....Richard
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